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Kansas City suburb Parkville ready for Missouri
River flooding
Wednesday, June 29, 2011 | 12:53 p.m. CDT
BY The Associated Press
KANSAS CITY — Residents and businesses along the Missouri River have been ratcheting up their
preparations for possible flooding as the river's historic high water makes its way downstream.
North of Kansas City, Parkville has closed entrances to its riverfront English Landing Park, but businesses in the
area remain open.
"The Corps (of Engineers) changes its predictions every day about when to expect the surge," said Gia
McFarlane, a spokeswoman for Parkville. "There's a chance some businesses (will) need to evacuate at the
high-water projections, but so far all businesses are open."
The Missouri River has been rising for weeks because of heavy rains and snowmelt along the river's
headwaters, forcing the Army Corps of Engineers to open floodgates, sending massive amounts of water
downstream along the Missouri River system. The National Weather Service forecast the Missouri River to reach
about 29 feet at St. Joseph on Wednesday, 11 feet above flood stage.
Further east, the Missouri was forecast for a high this week of 27.6 feet in Boonville by Friday, well above the 21-
foot flood stage there.
North of Kansas City, railroads have been working for weeks to protect tracks, to keep coal, consumer goods
and other freight moving south, The Kansas City Star reported. Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway has
rerouted coal shipments bound for Kansas City through Colorado and western Kansas because its line from
Nebraska was flooded.
Railroad traffic coordinators have rerouted around other flooded rail lines and halted service to some markets,
including St. Joseph, for fear of trapping rail cars behind flooded tracks.
"We just don't know how high it's going to get," said Mark Davis, director of Corporate and Media Relations for
Union Pacific Corp.'s Northern Region.
For trucking companies, the stretch of Interstate 29 closed by high water north of Rockport has prompted a
detour that adds miles to the trip from Kansas City to Omaha. Traffic is being rerouted up Interstate 35 to
Interstate 80 near Des Moines and then west to Omaha.
Kansas City Power & Light also has been monitoring floodwater nearing its coal supplies but said it has not had
any problems with coal delivery.
The Kansas Division of Emergency Management said Kansas Highway 7 north of Sparks in Doniphan County
was closed to the Nebraska border because of high water from the Missouri River running over the roadway.
The highway was expected to be closed for several days.
In eastern Missouri, along the Mississippi River, which has also seen spiking water levels recently, Isle of Capri
Casinos Inc. has closed properties in Caruthersville, Mo., and in Lula, Miss.

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City reveals emergency evacuation plan
Test sirens will sound 3 p.m. Friday in St. Joseph, county
Kim Norvell
St. Joseph News-Press
POSTED: 11:06 pm CDT June 29, 2011
Due to the Missouri River facing dangerous and threatening levels, the city has announced its emergency
evacuation plan in the event of a levee failure or overtopping.
A test of the emergency evacuation plan for the city‘s South Side, including sirens, will occur city- and
countywide at 3 p.m. Friday.
River levels are expected to drop to below 29 feet by today, and continue dropping to 28 feet by Monday.
However, because of the sustained event of the flood and the continued pressure of water against the levees, a
failure could occur at any river level, said George Albert, emergency management coordinator for the city.
Mr. Albert said the plan will be enacted once there‘s official confirmation of a levee failure. Starting Friday, the
National Guard will begin a 24/7 patrol of Levee 455, which protects the South Side and Lake Contrary.
―One of the concerns is the levees withstanding this amount of water for an extended period of time,‖ said Mary
Robertson, public information officer for the city. ―Chances are, if we do have to be concerned with an
evacuation, it‘s going to be later in the season.‖
There are multiple layers to the emergency plan, including civil emergency sirens, St. Joseph School District
notifications, Nixle alerts, Weather Service announcements on TV and radio, the city‘s website and social media
outlets, as well as local media.
The emergency siren, which sounds similar to a tornado siren, rotates more quickly and will sound more like a
pulse than a drawn-out wail.
The primary source of notification, however, will be police and fire, who will be announcing the notification on
loudspeakers throughout the affected areas, as well as going door to door.
In the event of an emergency, officials will broadcast this standardized message:
―At (time) on (date), the city of St. Joseph‘s South Side is under an emergency evacuation due to a levee breach.
This affects residents west of Lake Avenue from the intersection of King Hill and Lake Avenue, extending south
to the city limits. Listen to local media for more information.‖
At that time, residents will need to evacuate their homes quickly, using Alabama Street and King Hill/Lake
Avenue. A staging area will be set up at Hyde Park and a temporary Red Cross shelter will be at Benton High
If voluntary evacuations (30 feet and rising) and mandatory evacuations (31.5 feet and rising) are needed, sirens
will not sound since a dangerous situation is not imminent, Mr. Albert said. In the event of a mandatory
evacuation, public safety personnel will go door to door to notify residents. The tornado sirens will not be tested
in July and August.
Doug Shepherd, president of the South St. Joseph levee district, said he‘s confident that the levee will hold.
―Really, our structure is real good, real sound,‖ he said. ―I don‘t see any problems, we‘ve just got normal

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Houses situated closest to the river at Lake Contrary have about 5 feet of water in them, but there is still plenty
of free-board from the river reaching the top of the levee, he said. Three temporary pumps are working to divert
water back into the river near Lake Contrary while the main pump undergoes maintenance.
A fourth relief well at Lake Contrary was drilled Wednesday, and so far all have been doing their jobs to relieve
pressure from underneath the levee, he said.
Across the river in Doniphan County, many Elwood and Wathena residents have heeded the voluntary
evacuation announced earlier in the week and have moved out, said Julie Meng, Doniphan County emergency
management coordinator.
However, the levee is holding up nicely and with river levels expected to drop, Ms. Meng said fears have begun
to ease somewhat.
―So far, everything‘s looking OK. Of course, the river is up, but the National Weather Service thinks it‘s gonna
come down,‖ she said. ―It‘s not a time that residents can relax, it‘s definitely still a vigilant time and it eases
somewhat, but it‘s still not a time to relax.‖

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Portion of KATY Trail closed due to flooding
June 30, 2011 | Posted by: Tim Sampson

Rising waters flood out a picnic area along the Missouri River. A portion of the Katy Trail had to be closed
Wednesday as a result of the major flood working its way down the river. Photo by Tim Sampson/Missouri News
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — A portion of the state‘s longest hiking and biking trail has been closed due to flood
water. The Missouri Department of Natural Resources State Parks division has closed the trail just west of
Rocheport in Boone County. The trail runs very close to the river along that portion of the trail and has little
protection from the river when it does reach flood stage just downriver from Boonville. The parks division says
the trail is still open and detour signs are posted. Other portions of the trail may go under water as the river in
mid Missouri is not expected to reach its crest until Friday afternoon at the earliest. — DA (Filed: 4:54 pm)

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In Morehouse, people are recovering from
flood, one step at a time
By Mary Delach Leonard, Beacon staff
Posted 10:36 am Wed., 6.29.11
MOREHOUSE, Mo. - Mary Davis, 72, wore a protective face mask and gloves as she worked outside her water-
damaged home Friday afternoon wrapping glassware in sheets of newspaper for safe storage. She was trying to
avoid contact with the mold and mildew that have been thriving on the surfaces of her life since flash flooding in
late April swallowed Morehouse, a town of about 1,000 in New Madrid County.
"It just about devastated the whole town," Davis said, her eyes welling with sadness. "I've lost the contents of the
house. Mold had climbed up the walls. It looks to me like it's beyond repair."
The water receded weeks ago, but Davis is still dogpaddling in the aftermath — and wondering how in the world
she will ever make her house right again. Davis, who lost most of her furniture to the flooding, is staying with her
sister in nearby Dexter.
A flooded truck sits in front of a house in Morehouse, Mo., on May 4.
"This is your life. Your history," she said. "It's awful."
Inside her home on this steamy afternoon, members of the AmeriCorps Hoopa Tribal Civilian Community Corps
from northern California were muscling through the hard, dirty work of cleanup: hacking out rotted flooring and
the bottom 4 feet of drywall, scrubbing surfaces with bleach.
Corps members and other volunteer groups — many of them faith-based — have been working their way
through Morehouse, helping the community to get back on its feet. But the last of these benevolent visitors were
set to leave on Sunday, and Davis was worried about where she will find help to complete the rehabbing.
"I have hopes, but I don't know whether they'll be met or not," she said. "But we're trying."

When tragedy hits home
Morehouse has been making progress since floodwater crept unexpectedly into town on the night of April 27 and
then rose so fast that most residents were unable to move their possessions from their homes. Troops from the
Missouri National Guard helped residents sandbag, saving the water treatment plant from the smelly, brown
soup that eventually covered about three-quarters of the town.
But progress after a disaster is ultimately an individual battle, and in each flood-stained home along each
affected street in Morehouse there is a different story of a struggle to somehow, some way stem the flood of
disruption and get back to normal.
While spring flooding along the Mississippi River captured national attention, much of inland Southeast Missouri
was also waterlogged by record rains that overwhelmed the elaborate web of ditches, levees and diversion
channels that make up the Little River Drainage District. The district was formed in 1907 to drain the lowlands
that stretch across seven counties in the Bootheel.
Morehouse residents say the floodwater from Little River was made more severe because of a temporary
earthen berm built along the westbound lanes of Highway 60 by the Missouri Department of Transportation to
keep the road open. MoDOT officials say there is no evidence to support that claim.

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Even longtime residents of Morehouse, about 10 miles west of Sikeston, say they had never seen anything like
this disaster that left about two-thirds of the town's 430 homes standing in several feet of water. Few had flood
insurance because, they say, the town has never flooded.
Mayor Pete Leija estimates that about 150 people were forced from town because of the flood. But the town's
population had already been declining — dropping from 1,015 to 973, according to 2010 Census numbers —
and life was already a financial struggle for many of its residents. Unemployment in New Madrid County was 9.5
percent in May; the median household income in Morehouse was $23,250 in 2009.
Morehouse residents have so far received nearly $2.2 million in disaster assistance from the Federal Emergency
Management Administration. FEMA grants, which do not have to be repaid, vary by case, with a $30,200
maximum. After that, low-interest disaster assistance loans are available from the Small Business
Whether the FEMA assistance will be enough to help homeowners repair their homes and return to Morehouse
depends on an individual's circumstances, said Leija. He praised the hundreds of volunteers who have donated
their time to help overwhelmed residents begin the cleanup.
"If it hadn't been for them, a lot of people wouldn't have made it," he said.
Leija said that most people don't think about tragedy until it hits home.
"We hear of tragedies on television and know that they're happening throughout our land," he said. "I know the
state of Missouri has been hit in many, many areas. Thankfully, we have a lot of faith-based organizations that
reach out and help communities such as my own."

'This too shall pass'
During the height of the disaster, someone carefully hand-lettered a message of faith and posted it at the
entrance to town on Highway 114: "THIS TOO SHALL PASS."
A sign at the Morehouse city limits during the height of the flood.
The sign is gone now, but not the spirit. Leija says his town will prevail, though it is facing an uphill climb.
"Life will go on this little community," he said. "We're going to make it through. We're a strong community. We're
going to be a changed community, but we'll still be strong. We're going to carry on and some day we'll look back
at this and say, 'It came to pass, but we survived it.' "
Leija is out and about on the town's streets daily, surveying damage — and progress — in his red cart
nicknamed "the chuckwagon." His cell phone rings nonstop with questions and concerns.
Residents such as Bill Beck credit Leija for working nonstop since the disaster.
"That man has worked himself silly for this town," Beck said.
Leija, 63, is a retired Army veteran, the son of Mexican migrant workers who moved to Morehouse when he was
6. He learned English in the town schools and remembers what it was like to not be able to get a haircut in town
because of "the racial thing."
The mayor is protective of his town, intervening when he feels government agencies have treated residents with
disrespect, chasing off "scrappers" — scrap dealers who came to Morehouse to pick through flood-soaked
belongings drying outside homes.
"I serve not only my country but my community,'' said Leija. He said he makes $125 a month as mayor.
The flooding affected 280 homes, and about 70 of them will be condemned and demolished, Leija said, adding
that it's a difficult thing for some homeowners to hear.

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Depending on the damage, even the maximum FEMA grant of $30,200 may not go far enough if the homeowner
didn't have flood insurance — and only a handful of residents did. The FEMA loan program might not be feasible
because of a homeowner's financial situation, Leija said.
"If a house has been washed off its foundation, you can spend $30,000 in no time," he said.
Leija said a lot of people have a difficult time facing their situations after a disaster.
"You see a lot of people who lose everything they've accumulated throughout the years and watch it wash away
over night," Leija said.

Catch 22 for some elderly residents
Leija said he is particularly concerned about low-income elderly residents who signed over the deeds of their
homes to their children or other family members so they could qualify for government programs such as
Medicaid. Eligibility rules for HealthNet — Missouri's Medicaid program — cap monthly income at $772 per
individual, with available assets of less than $1,000.
Leija said that although these elderly residents continued to live in their homes, they were told by FEMA
representatives that they are considered to be renters and ineligible for repair grants. The actual homeowners
are considered to be business owners and are eligible for loans to make the repairs — but not grants. The
situation left some elderly residents of Morehouse ineligible for FEMA assistance and without a place to live.
"It's heartbreaking," he said.
Leija said that he intervened with FEMA on behalf of one elderly Morehouse couple caught in the tangle and was
assured that they could be helped. But when the woman approached a local representative of the agency, the
worker directed a derogatory insult at the mayor.
Russ Edmonston, a FEMA spokesman, said Monday that the agency had already taken action on the issue and
would not condone inappropriate actions by agency representatives. He also said that FEMA was re-inspecting
the couple's claim because in cases where elderly residents have signed over their homes but continue to act as
homeowners, they would be treated as homeowners and eligible for housing and repair assistance.
"If they continue to do maintenance on the house and have receipts, if they're paying taxes on the house and
have receipts, if they pay insurance on the house and have receipts, we will consider them for repair grants or
the rental assistance,'' he said.
Edmonston said FEMA tries to assist disaster victims as much as possible, but he acknowledges that the
program has limitations. He stressed that it is not an insurance program but, instead, provides temporary
assistance for people who have been left in unlivable conditions because of a disaster.
"Our program is not a program that restores to pre-disaster conditions,'' Edmonston said. "We provide funding to
provide housing for those who can not or should not live in their homes because of disaster-related conditions."
While the maximum grant is $30,200, the average FEMA amount is $2,700 to $3,000, he said.
That is why FEMA partners with nonprofit agencies and volunteer groups to form long-term recovery groups to
further assist communities, he noted.
"I am a big fan of all the volunteers who come in," Edmonston said.
In Morehouse, those groups have included the Hoopa Tribal Civilian Community Corps and a host of volunteer
organizations, including All Hands Volunteers and Southern Baptist Disaster Relief.

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Yaynicut Franco of the Hoopa group said it is an AmeriCorps program for men and women ages 18 to 24 who
receive an education grant after serving 1,700 national service hours. The group had been working in
Morehouse since May 18.
The First Baptist Church of Morehouse served as an emergency shelter during the flood.
The town's churches have also been active in flood relief. The First Baptist Church of Morehouse opened its
doors as an emergency shelter for flood victims and then housed visiting volunteers. The First General Baptist
Church has served as the command center for Hope International, based in Bernie, Mo.
The Rev. Tim Russell of Hope International said he has watched Morehouse come from "ground zero" to regain
hope. In addition to volunteers who helped with cleanup, he said his organization has supplied about $20,000 in
materials and labor to help overwhelmed residents begin reconstructing their lives.
"Our hearts connected with them," he said. "For the volunteers it's strengthened them. I think it's really
connected people with their purpose. I believe we're here for two reasons: to love God with everything we've got
and to love people. And if we don't find an avenue to give back, we're missing things as a human being. We're
simply existing."

Debris, debris everywhere
Julie Thompson, who works at a comfortable hotel in Sikeston, goes home to a camper parked outside her
house in Morehouse — and sometimes sleeps on a mattress on the concrete floor of what's left of her bedroom.
Her home, which had more than 3 feet of water in it for a week, has been cleaned and new drywall is stacked in
her living room waiting to be installed.
Thompson said she bought the house after her mother died, "just in time for all of this."
Above the 4 foot line where wet drywall was removed, Thompson's house looks as it did before the flood —
curtains on the windows and a sunburst wall hanging in the living room. But outside, her street is cluttered with
stacks of debris removed from homes, awaiting pickup, and yards are still filled with debris deposited willy-nilly
by the floodwater.
Beacon reporter Mary Delach Leonard traveled to Morehouse during the height of the flood in early May. Read
her story and see a slideshow of the floodwaters encroaching on the town.
"It's everywhere," Thompson said. "People can't mow because of the debris. I had 15 tires in my yard."
Although her neighbors have moved — she is feeding their cat — Thompson said that is not an option for her.
"I paid too much for this house, and I still have a balance," she said. "This has to work."
Leija knows that his town is looking unkempt, but for now there is simply no place to take the flood debris — and
no one to move it there. His handful of city employees are already working overtime to keep the town running.
Morehouse had a temporary permit from the Department of Natural Resources to burn debris, but it expired,
Leija said. Until arrangements are finalized for removal, a half-burned hill of flood cast-offs — everything from
water-marked couches and rotted building materials to Christmas decorations -- waits in a lot at the edge of
Edmonston said that in addition to the individual aid FEMA has provided residents, the agency will be meeting
with Morehouse officials this week to begin a debris removal program that is funded 75 percent by FEMA and 25
percent by state and nonfederal funding.

A silver lining

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For Bill Beck, June 23 was a major milestone: He moved back to his blue frame house on Dunklin Street after
living for two months at an emergency shelter at First Baptist Church of Morehouse. Unlike many of the town's
residents, Beck has made major progress on his home, even changing the layout of his living room since he had
to redo the floors and walls anyway.
"I put it back like I wanted it," he said smiling. "I spent last night here, and I couldn't sleep, just for looking at it."
Beck said that volunteers from Hope International began cleanup work as the water receded, and his was
among the first houses to be "mudded out." His home had stood in several feet of floodwater for more than a
week, leaving a mess that his wife couldn't bear to see. The couple lost some furniture, clothing and a stove, but,
surprisingly, the refrigerator and freezer were still running.
Beck said that a repair grant from FEMA had allowed him to fix his home because he was able to do many of the
repairs himself with the help of several young men who worked for "pocket money."
"I could not have paid for the labor," he said.
Beck praised FEMA and said he doesn't know what he would have done without the agency.
"They were here when I needed them, and I can't give anything but highest praise and respect for the group that
worked this little community," he said. "There are a lot of people who feel different about this, but that's the way I
feel about it."
A lot of prayers have been said around town, Beck said. "I was fortunate to have some of them answered."
While Beck is seeing the silver lining in his cloud, he acknowledges that Morehouse is far from recovered. Still,
he believes the town will survive.
"We're not strangers to the rain — or the pain," he said. "I've escaped this place three different times, and I
always come back because it's home."

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Missouri Realtors Lead Fight Against "Fair Tax"
By Chad Garrison Wed., Jun. 29 2011 at 11:57 AM
Missouri realtors not sold on so-called "Fair Tax."
Financier Rex Sinquefield may have found his most formidable (and numerous) opponent yet: Missouri's
licensed real-estate agents.
Last week the Missouri Association of Realtors (representing some 18,000 brokers in the state) renewed its
opposition to Sinquefield's "Fair Tax" proposal by publicly condemning the initiative.
In January Sinquefield filed nine initiative petitions with the Secretary of State's Office that would do away with
Missouri's income tax and replace it with higher and broader sales taxes if approved by voters.
The realtors' association already scored an early victory against the so-called "Fair Tax" last November when an
astounding 83.7 percent of Missouri voters passed Amendment 3 that prohibits a sales tax from ever being
imposed on the purchase of residential or commercial real-estate.
No such tax currently exist, btw. The realtors wanted the law because they feared that Sinquefield's Fair Tax
would attempt to add sales fees for real-estate purchases in order to make up for the loss in tax base should the
state do away with income tax.
None of the nine ballot initiatives for the Fair Tax seem to specifically say that real-estate should be taxed. But
it's what's not in the ballot initiatives that prompted the realtors to up the ante last week and publicly condemn
the Fair Tax.
"With the nine different ballot initiatives all saying different things, it's hard to know for sure just what the fair tax
would include," Scott Charton, a spokesman for "Missourians for Fair Taxation" tells Daily RFT. "And when
Missouri voters are confused, they're famously cautious for good reason."
For the realtors, their fight just doesn't end with last week's statement or Amendment 3. The realtors' association
is also fighting the Fair Tax in court, after the state's Republican auditor, Tom Schweich, punted when asked to
estimate how much the Fair Tax would cost Missouri. (One estimate conducted by the budget director for former
Gov. John Ashcroft determined that without an income tax Missouri would need a blanket sales tax of 9 to 12
percent -- far more than the 7 percent suggested by Fair Tax proponents. Missouri's sales tax now is 4.225
The Missouri Association of Realtors is also attempting to organize a campaign committee to actively challenge
Sinquefield's group, known as Let Voters Decide. In March the realtors' association donated $135,000 to start
Missourians for Fair Taxation, a fledgling group that doesn't even have a website yet.
That said, Missourians for Fair Taxation is asking anyone and all to join its efforts.
"This is a non-partisan issue," says Charton. "You'll find that even among realtors there are people on both sides
of the political extreme who fear the Fair Tax could gravely damage Missouri's economic future."

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Missouri realtors say no to ‘Fair Tax’ proposal
St. Louis Business Journal
Date: Wednesday, June 29, 2011, 12:47pm CDT
In the latest round of the ―Fair Tax‖ debate, the Missouri Association of RealtorsbizWatch came out Wednesday
against several ballot proposals that would eliminate the state income tax and replace it with a higher sales tax.
For several years now, the ―Fair Tax‖ has been a priority of retired St. Louis financier Rex Sinquefield, who
supports replacing the state‘s 6 percent income tax with an expanded sales tax on services, including medical
care, child care and housekeeping.
Last November, 83.7 percent of Missouri voters rejected the proposal. Several groups, including the Missouri
Budget Project, criticized the ―Fair Tax‖ plan, saying it would shift the tax burden to seniors and others on fixed-
incomes, bankrupt the state and encourage residents to shop in Illinois and Kansas instead.
Now, efforts have been renewed to get the issue on the ballot again, to the dismay of the Missouri Association of
Realtors, which represents more than 18,000 members
―All proposed versions of the so-called ‗Fair Tax‘ would mandate new, higher sales taxes on countless
transactions and services,‖ the organization said in a statement issued Wednesday. ―This includes sales of
homes and business properties.‖

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Missouri's Second Injury Fund cuts off some
Thursday, June 30, 2011
By Melissa Miller ~ Southeast Missourian
Editor's note: This is the first of two stories examining problems plaguing Missouri's Second Injury Fund. Friday's
story will look at options for fixing the fund and a pending court case that may force the state to act.
Gail Luttrull often worked standing atop a motor 20 feet in the air, with her shoes soaking in a pool of hydraulic
fluid, engine coolant and water as she replaced a part.
She was proud of the work she did in a position primarily held by men on a small-engine assembly line at Briggs
& Stratton in Poplar Bluff, Mo.
In March 2003, when climbing down the machine after finishing a repair, Luttrull slipped on hydraulic fluid and fell
forward off the machine platform, crashing into an electrical box.
She needed surgery on her neck to remove disk fragments putting pressure her spinal cord. It was the first of a
series of on-the-job injuries that, when coupled with her microcytic anemia, left her unable to work. After a trial in
December, an administrative law judge in Butler County determined Luttrull was permanently and totally
disabled. In his 28-page order issued in February, he said under Missouri law she is entitled to compensation
from the state's Second Injury Fund. She should receive weekly checks equal to two-thirds of her weekly wages,
the judge ordered.
But Luttrull and 69 others who were scheduled to receive their first payments after March 7 have not been paid.
Luttrull's first payment was to be April 18.
She received a one-paragraph letter in April from Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster's office saying the
Second Injury Fund is unable to make payments and that she would be notified if the situation changes.
Analysts have been warning for years the fund is going broke; Missouri legislators have not acted to remedy the
Employers in Missouri pay a 3 percent surcharge on their workers' compensation insurance to support the
Second Injury Fund, but that isn't generating enough revenue to keep the fund solvent.
The fund was created in the late 1940s to keep businesses from having to pay claims of workers with previous
injuries or health conditions who are reinjured on the job.
"In the wake of World War II with injured servicemen coming back home, there was a desire by the legislature to
create an incentive for employers to hire disabled veterans and disabled workers in general," said Richard
Moore, assistant general counsel and director of regulatory affairs with the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and
The fund allows employers to spread the risk of hiring someone with a pre-existing condition or injury, shielding
them from liability.
For years, employers paid a surcharge based on a formula set by the state Department of Labor and Industrial
Relations. From 2000 to 2006 the surcharge rate varied from 2.5 percent to 4 percent.
Part of a sweeping workers' compensation reform bill passed in 2005 capped the surcharge at 3 percent. That
reduction in combination with a down economy has caused the fund's revenue to decline. In 2010, surcharge
collections totaled $40.8 million, down from $53.3 million in 2009, according to the Attorney General's office.

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"With high unemployment and the recession, you have fewer employees to pay workers' comp on, so the
amount of revenue are drastically lower now," Moore said. "But the claims against the fund keep coming in at
about the same rate."
More than 700 claims for compensation from Missouri's Second Injury Fund are filed each month, and 28,159
cases are pending.
In 2010, total expenses for the Second Injury Fund were $40.4 million.
In an effort to keep the fund from going bankrupt in 2009, Koster stopped settling Second Injury Fund cases,
forcing claimants, like Luttrull, to go through expensive, lengthy trials.
"Most of these cases were simply resolved by settlement frankly because we never knew if the fund was going to
run out of money," said Luttrull's attorney, Matt Edwards of Burns, Taylor, Heckemeyer & Green in Cape
Girardeau. Edwards previously worked for the attorney general's office defending the Second Injury Fund.
While settling cases decreases future payouts from the fund, the lump-sum payments were causing a short-term
cash-flow problem.
These days, Luttrull starts her mornings with a cup of coffee, two pain pills and a muscle relaxer.
She used to make the coffee, but now her husband, Ted, has to do it. It's one of the many things Gail Luttrull just
can't do anymore.
"I can't pick up my youngest grandson without hurting. He's just starting to learn to walk," said Luttrull, who has
19 grandchildren. "I've lost a lot of strength. It's the everyday things you take for granted. I have hurt myself just
brushing my hair."
Luttrull said she loved her job at Briggs & Stratton, where she worked for 16 years and was promoted several
times. She was proud of the work she did and says that if she were physically able, she'd be working there
Luttrull went back to work a few months after her first fall. The next year, 2004, she hurt her neck again and had
a more complicated surgery, but she returned to work again later that year and was assigned to lighter duties.
That job required her to use more pneumatic tools and the vibrations from them caused her to develop severe
carpal tunnel syndrome.
"I loved my job. I would have still been there trying to do the best I could, but I got to the point where I couldn't
use my arms anymore," Luttrull said.
When doctors gave her more restrictions, Briggs & Stratton said it couldn't accommodate them and fired her in
November 2005.
"I got mad because they took my job away that I had worked for all these years with all these prickly old guys
and had to take all the classes they did and to be the only female out of the crew. They hurt your pride, too. I
couldn't sleep because it hurt so bad," Luttrull said.
The following year, she had surgeries on her hands to release entrapped nerves.
Her current income comes from Social Security disability, which pays per month what Luttrull used to make in a
week. She lost her health insurance when she lost her job, and Medicare covers about half her costs.
Briggs & Stratton, through workers' compensation, paid for all Luttrull's medical treatments from her work
injuries, but the Second Injury Fund protects the company from being responsible for her permanent total
disability benefits, Edwards said.
She's counting on payments from the Second Injury Fund to cover her mounting medical expenses. She takes
15 medications each day, and she frequently receives blood and iron intravenously for as much as $1,400 each

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"I need the money bad. I've got bills that I've got to pay that I've had to just give a little bit here and there, and
hopefully I can get them paid off. It feels never-ending," she said.
About 1,000 Missourians who are determined to be permanently and totally disabled receive payments from the
fund. It also pays claims to people who have permanent partial disabilities or who are injured at a second job that
causes them to be unable to work at their primary job, and covers medical expenses for those injured working for
employers who did not have insurance.
Attorney General spokeswoman Nanci Gonder said that aside from the new permanent total disability awards,
the fund is paying all its current obligations.
New permanent total disability awards that have not been paid add up to $4.9 million, she said.
When asked how the attorney general determined which claims not to pay, Gonder said, "Based on a review of
projections, the decision was made to impact the least number of people possible."

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UM System Enterprise Investment Program
loses $2 million in funding
Wednesday, June 29, 2011 | 8:12 p.m. CDT
BY Megan Cassidy
COLUMBIA — Interim UM System President Steve Owens announced Wednesday that the system‘s Enterprise
Investment Program took the hit after a two-week deliberation to decide where to inflict a deeper cut in state
In a letter to university employees, Owens said half of the recent $4.37 million withholding mandated by Gov. Jay
Nixon would come out of the program, which supports university-affiliated start-ups. This would leave the
program intact but reduce its original budget by $2.18 million.
The other half will be allocated to the four campuses, Extension and System Administration on a pro rata basis.
MU will absorb $957,000, said Christian Basi of the MU News Bureau.
"This money will come from accumulated savings from frozen positions and cutting other positions since the
university's hiring freeze went into effect in 2008," Basi said.
When positions are vacated, supervisors must get special permission to refill the space, he explained.
"This has left numerous unfilled positions across campus," Basi said.
He estimated that roughly $5 million remains in the savings fund, but university budget planners had set it aside
to absorb any future financial burdens.
―We had hoped to hold on to these savings in the upcoming years because of the continuing economic
uncertainties and potential decreases in student enrollment,‖Basi said. ―Some predict there will be fewer high
school graduates in Missouri in the next few years.‖
Owens rejected other options that had been presented to the Board of Curators two weeks ago. Possibilities
included adding to student fees, asking employees to contribute more to their retirement funds and trimming the
2 percent merit salary pool.
Owens also fielded potential cuts to 4-H programs, reductions in financial aid or capping enrollment to ease the
strain of students on campus resources.
In his letter, Owens said none of the options was appealing.
"Each of the options, if exercised, would have a negative impact on some important aspect of our mission of
teaching, research, service and economic development," he wrote.
Owens said his decision would not affect this year's pending investment awards to entrepreneurs who will soon
be selected to receive funds from the Enterprise Investment Program.
The cut, however, will impact the university's ability to provide similar enterprise awards in the next year or so. It
would also have an adverse effect on potential long-term investments for the university and state, Owens said.
―The likely effect of this cut will be felt in the form of fewer new businesses and new jobs created as a result of
the program,‖ he wrote. ―It also means a reduction in the likelihood of generating new revenues for the university
from licensing new technologies — a source of funding that could help offset the costs paid by taxpayers,
students and their families to support our core missions.‖

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The latest $4.37 million cut comes on top of $8.7 million in previously identified reductions, efficiencies and
reallocations, and $53.2 million in cuts that have been self-imposed in order to present a balanced budget at the
last board meeting, Owens told UM employees.
He noted that buildings, labs and classrooms were suffering the most, with a maintenance and repair backlog
that has swelled to more than $1 billion.
―These are challenging times for higher education in general and for the University of Missouri System in
particular,‖ he said.

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Deal reached between bank regulators, Mo.
Jun 30, 5:02 AM EDT
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The Missouri auditor and the state's Division of Finance have an agreement
about access to records.
Auditor Tom Schweich (shwyk) had subpoenaed records from the Finance Division, saying he needs access to
the documents to determine if bank regulators are doing their jobs properly. The Division of Finance responded
that it was barred by law from complying and that workers could be dismissed or prosecuted for releasing
Schweich and the Division of Finance have now reached an agreement allowing some records to be examined
amid conditions to protect the documents' confidentiality. A trial judge concluded in a court order that regulators
could enter into the agreement and that employees would not face criminal penalties for complying with it.

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EPA alleges further violations at Ameren plant
Utility denies allegations, seeks dismissal of suit that involves
Rush Island plant.
BY JEFFREY TOMICH • jtomich@post-dispatch.com > 314-340-8320 | Posted: Thursday, June 30, 2011 12:10
The allegation • Increased sulfur dioxide emissions stemming from modifications nearly a decade ago at Ameren
Missouri's Rush Island power plant in Festus violates the federal Clean Air Act.
What's at stake • The EPA says sulfur dioxide emissions are a serious public health threat. The lawsuit seeks
fines up to $37,500 a day per violation, as well as other penalties.
Ameren's response • Modifications at Rush Island were "routine maintenance" and didn't require a permit. The
utility says emissions across its system of power plants have been significantly reduced over the past 20 years.
The Justice Department, which earlier this year sued Ameren Missouri over alleged air violations at the Rush
Island power plant, is raising the stakes in its case against the utility.
The government amended its complaint against St. Louis-based Ameren, citing additional violations of clean air
laws intended to protect public health.
The amended lawsuit, filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in St. Louis, includes two additional claims of Clean Air
Act violations at the 1,200-megawatt Rush Island plant in Jefferson County related to construction projects in
2007 and 2010.
The updated lawsuit claims Ameren failed to get needed permits for major modifications at the plant, including
the replacement of major boiler components at both Rush Island operating units.
The original suit in January likewise accuses Ameren of doing work in 2001 and 2003 without the required
According to the EPA, the multimillion-dollar modifications resulted in 'significant net increases in sulfur dioxide
emissions," at least partly because the new equipment makes the plant less prone to break down. That means it
can operate more hours in a year, which translates into additional tons of coal being burned and more pollution
Ameren has denied the government's allegations and is seeking to dismiss the original suit. The EPA action also
raised the ire of U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, who said he believes it's part of a broader attack on coal by President
Barack Obama's administration.
The utility likewise disputed the new allegations on Wednesday, saying the projects in question constituted
routine maintenance, and that its power plant emissions are declining instead of increasing.

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Religious Leaders Complain About Akin
‘Liberalism’ Remark
  By Joshua Miller
  Roll Call Staff
  June 29, 2011, 6:51 p.m.
A group of St. Louis religious leaders met Wednesday with an adviser to Missouri Rep. Todd Akin (R) to
condemn the Congressman‘s statement that liberalism was associated with a ―hatred of God,‖ a statement for
which Akin has already apologized.
In a radio interview Friday with the socially conservative Family Research Council, Akin said, ―At the heart of
liberalism, really, is a hatred for God and a belief that government should replace God.‖ Akin, who announced
his bid to take on Sen. Claire McCaskill (D) last month, was responding to a question about why NBC omitted
the phrase ―under God, indivisible‖ from a recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance in its coverage of professional
golf‘s U.S. Open this month.
On Tuesday, Akin clarified his remarks. ―My statement during my radio interview was directed at the political
movement, liberalism, not at any specific individual. If my statement gave a different impression, I offer my
apologies,‖ he said in a statement.
One well-connected GOP strategist in the state was less than pleased with Akin‘s campaign launch.
―Akin has done what all of us knew he was capable of doing: screwing it up,‖ the strategist said. ―He‘s not shown
the signs of discipline that‘s required to beat Claire yet.‖
The strategist added, however, that it was not too late to right the campaign and that Akin‘s fundraising numbers
for the second quarter would be an important benchmark. Akin raised $459,000 in the first three months of this
year and had a hefty $911,000 cash on hand and no campaign debt at end of March.

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Blunt says he won’t sign DeMint’s pledge
June 30, 2011 | Posted by: Tim Sampson
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Senator Roy Blunt says he‘s not signing any more pledges in the on-going budget
battle on Capitol Hill. Blunt was one of several Republican senators who have refused to sign Senator Jim
DeMint‘s ―Cut, Cap, Balance‖ pledge. The pledge is seen as a key Tea Party position, but only 12 senators have
signed the document so far. Blunt says now is not the time to take unmoving positions as Republicans and
Democrats seek to find compromises that will move a federal budget forward. ―I think it‘s not a good idea to be
signing pledges on specific negotiations,‖ said Blunt during a conference call with reporters Wednesday. ―It
doesn‘t help the negotiators, it doesn‘t help get a result.‖ Blunt says the President and congressional Democrats
have lots of opportunities to make a new federal budget balance without tax increases. — DA (Filed: 3:09 pm)

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Senators Weigh in on Heavy Debt
Dan Warner
June 29, 2011 1:27 PM
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) - Congress continues to disagree on a plan to sandbag against the swelling national
Senator Claire McCaskill said she is frustrated with the lack of cooperation in Congress to find a solution, and it
seems that no one is willing to stop ―playing politics‖ and solve the problem.
―Someone, the other day, asked me if I thought the seventeen percent approval rate for Congress was fair, and I
said ‗Frankly, I think it may be too high,‘‖ McCaskill said. ―I‘m frustrated that we cannot come together and
compromise and make real progress on our debt structure.‖
McCaskill said Congress must focus on what is best for the country rather than winning elections.
She also criticized treatment of subsidies for Missouri corn farmers.
―Why is it okay to go after the subsidies for ethanol, but it‘s not okay to go after the subsidies for the wealthiest
corporations in the history of the planet?‖ McCaskill said.
Politicians must be willing to separate from the base of their party and find a middle ground, McCaskill said. She
said the solution to the national debt must come from changing entitlement programs as well as cutting subsidies
to large corporations.
Senator Roy Blunt said the solution to the national debt will not be found in tax increases. He said it is up to
President Obama to find a way to raise the national debt limit, but he has missed the opportunity to raise taxes.
―If the President wanted to increase taxes, the president should have increased taxes when he had huge
majorities in the House and the Senate,‖ Blunt said.
Blunt said Obama has talked about tax increases, but because he did not do so when his party had control, he
will not be able to do so now.
―Not only would I not be for it, but it‘s a waste of time conversation – it‘s not going to happen,‖ Blunt said. ―The
President now has to figure out what can be done, not what he‘d like to do, but what‘s possible to do, and raising
taxes is not one of the possible things.‖
Blunt also discussed his decision not to commit to any new pledges, saying that committing to too many pledges
can then restrict negotiations.
―I don‘t really think that negotiations benefit from members taking positions that are absolute,‖ Blunt said.
Blunt said he will uphold the pledges that he has already made.
Copyright KMOX Radio

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Missouri banned gay marriage in 2004. But
what about 2012?
By David Martin Wed., Jun. 29 2011 at 1:45 PM
In 2004, Missouri voters approved a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. Here's an interesting question:
Would voters make the same decision in 2012?
Acceptance of gay marriage has increased at a rapid pace in recent years. Polls show that a majority of
Americans now favor the idea. Last week, state lawmakers in New York rewrote the marriage law to make it
Now, as we learned on a recent episode of Real Time With Bill Maher, Missouri is not New York. But would
voters today be as eager as they were in 2004, when the constitutional amendment passed by an overwhelming
margin, to deny same-sex couples the ability to marry?
Election forecaster Nate Silver has revisited a model he built in 2009 in which he aimed to predict the percentage
of the vote that gay marriage-related ballot initiatives would receive in the 50 states and the District of Columbia.
He bases his predictions on variables such as a state's liberal-conservative orientation and the median age of
adults. (Young people tend to be much more open to the idea of allowing gay couples to marry.)
Silver's model thinks Missouri would ban same-sex marriage again if given the chance. This is not a surprising
result, given that the constitutional amendment of 2004 passed with 71 percent of the vote.
But there's a sliver of hope for people who think that gay couples deserve more rights. Silver's model projects
that if support for gay marriage continues to grow at an accelerated rate, a ballot measure that also banned civil
unions would fail in Missouri.
Change will come more slowly to Kansas, one of 15 states that Silver thinks would ban gay marriage and civil
unions if given the chance in 2012.

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EDITORIALS … & Letters to the Editor
It’s Affordable...
Posted: Tuesday, June 28, 2011 6:32 pm | Updated: 8:24 am, Wed Jun 29, 2011.
One of the best educational success stories in Missouri is community colleges, which bring higher education
within reach of every student. Enrollments are up and costs for students are affordable, even in this era of tight
appropriations and budgets.
From the Missouri Community College Association we learn that community college tuition is about one-third the
average tuition of a public university and less than 15 percent as expensive as average tuition at a private
college or university. Community colleges are known for affordability and in keeping with that tradition, no
Missouri community college plans to raise its basic tuition more than $5 a credit hour in the 2011-2012 school
When East Central College was being promoted by volunteers in this area in the 1960s, one of the points
presented was that it would make at least two years of college affordable for students. That promise has been
fulfilled. Enrollment growth in community colleges since 2008 has been dramatic. There were about 85,000
students enrolled in Missouri community colleges in 2008. That number increased to nearly 110,000 in 2010.
Missouri has 12 community colleges.
East Central College is approaching an annual enrollment of 4,500 students, a record high.
One area that demonstrates community colleges‘ ability to meet educational challenges is in health care. The
MCCA reports that in just 18 months Missouri‘s community colleges have used Caring for Missourians funds to
educate more than 450 additional nurses, 35 health information technology workers, 30 respiratory therapy
assistants and 30 certified nurse assistants, as well as dental assistants, medical lab technicians, medical
assistants and health care management workers.
The community colleges are using funds allocated through the Training for Tomorrow program to expand their
capacity to educate Missourians for jobs of tomorrow.
For the money, community colleges are the best buy in higher education!

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KC Star Letters | Thursday, June 30
GOP intrusiveness
Whenever Republican politicians tell you that they are for smaller, less intrusive, less restrictive government they
are lying to you.
The state of Kansas just enacted highly restrictive and unnecessary architectural design requirements that apply
not to all medical clinics in Kansas, but only to those that provide abortions. If not stopped, these new big
government regulations will effectively require all Kansas abortion clinics to close by Friday.
So if you are a Kansas woman whose doctor tells you that you need a medically necessary abortion or you may
die, that‘s too bad. You‘ll have to leave the state to get one. The same goes for the 14-year-old girl who gets
pregnant through rape and who does not want to carry the rapist‘s baby to term.
Republicans will eagerly and readily pass any and all restrictive big government regulations they want that
support their socially conservative agenda — your freedom be damned.
And you thought that the last election was about jobs, jobs, jobs? Silly you.
William R. Lenz
Kansas City

Cervical cancer fight
With more and more cases of cervical cancer reported each year, there could be some proactive solutions to
help prevent future generations from these life-threatening situations. The Gardasil vaccine is proving to help in
the prevention of cervical cancer by providing protection from the most common strains of HPV and warts. By
mandating this vaccine for girls ages 11 to 13, we could help prevent the spread or transfer of HPV from person
to person.
Not only would girls be required for this vaccine, but boys should receive it as well because of the fact that males
carry the virus but are rarely affected by it.
Along with a mandate for this vaccine, insurance and state aid should cover the charges for this vaccine. A small
percentage of individuals could be affected by the range of side effects to the vaccine, and there are those with a
moral or ethical issue in giving a preteen essentially an STD vaccine.
Although that is how the situation may present itself, it is imperative that we as a society try to aid in the
education and prevention in stopping the spread of HPV and incidents of cervical cancer.
Logan Gallardo
Prairie Village

What would Jesus do?
Bishop Robert Finn, Vicar General Robert Murphy and Father Shawn Ratigan were not at fault for their actions
or inactions. It was our fault — society‘s fault. That‘s what we‘ve been taught.
Because we‘re each imperfect in our own way, we‘ve been trained to avoid judging others‘ actions. Few in
society are truly bad or evil people, so most of us have lost the ability to discern and confront those who act in a
harmful way. Because we want to view everyone fairly, we tend to ignore a lot of things.

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It‘s good that we accept people‘s imperfections. It‘s right that we help others improve their lives rather than
casting them off as permanent criminals.
But ultimately this is about individuals doing harm to society, not the other way around. We need to stop
excusing others‘ harmful behavior and have the courage to call it what it is: wrong.
Many will say it‘s not their job to make these decisions. They have no authority. They‘re just common citizens.
Well, Jesus was just a peaceful carpenter, but he knew when it was necessary to crack the whip and cleanse the
temples whether religious or secular. We should follow his example.
Dennis Batliner
Overland Park

Accountability needed
I wish to make several points in response to the June 17 article, ―Bishops resist change.‖ It makes for a great
sensationalistic headline but misses the real point.

If our diocese had followed the child sex abuse policy already in place, none of the continued abuse and cover
ups would have ever happened. The conference of bishops can add all manner of reassuring wording to their
policy. If none of it is followed, then it‘s nothing but a mockery of what the faith we are taught demands.
Bishop Robert Finn and Vicar General Robert Murphy should step down. I also believe they should be charged
with criminal action for obstruction of justice at least. This will get the attention of those more interested in power
and image than doing the right thing.
Finally, let‘s not throw the baby out with the bathwater. I hope people of all faiths can understand that the actions
of some do not constitute the Catholic faith.
These people do not represent the gospel teachings. We, the community of believers, are the church. We need
to stand in unity to love and serve while insisting on an environment that requires accountability.
Sylvia Grodon
Kansas City

Catholics support charities in KC
A June 19 letter writer is entitled to her opinion and to do with her tithe what she wants, but she needs to realize
what withholding money from the church will do. Her tithe to the church is the budget of many charities around
the metro.
When Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, in all of its hoopla, opens a soup kitchen, homeless shelter
or other service to those in need, then I will listen. All I see from SNAP is a bunch of money-hungry, publicity-
hungry folks jumping up and down trying to create havoc for the sake of creating havoc.
Most of the recipients of the works of these charities are not Catholic. We serve them not because they are
Catholic, but because we are.
Laura Long
Pleasant Hill

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Costly Obamacare
I finally found the article regarding the latest problem with Obamacare (6/22, A15, ―Health care law would allow
Medicaid for the middle class‖). Too bad I had to look more than a dozen pages deep in the newspaper.
Have you asked Sen. Claire McCaskill about her support for this level of payment to people who are far from the
most needy among us? When the bill was being handled by the Senate, I contacted her office and was assured
she had read the bill in its entirety. (It had snowed the weekend before the big vote, and I was told she remained
in Washington and read the bill.)
I am not surprised that neither McCaskill nor Rep. Emanuel Cleaver is condemning this apparent development.
Also, it‘s no surprise The Star has not questioned why we were not told of this situation. You can rest assured if
this bill had been championed by the Republicans, The Star would have had a front page story above the fold.
I guess we will have to read the bill to find out just how badly it was written and just how much it is going to cost.
Tom Turner
Lee‘s Summit

Guidance for parents
I read the June 19 letter titled ―Parental vigilance.‖ I must agree when the writer stated a message to parents to
monitor, listen to and watch their children.
She also said parents should know where the children go and with whom. I recently wrote a book titled
―G.R.A.S.P. Education,‖ which emphasizes that each parent should hold a dialogue with their child‘s teacher.
The teacher is parallel with the parent in monitoring who each child is relating with and how.
G.R.A.S.P. is an acronym for the character traits each adult, parent and teacher must possess to mentor and
monitor a child. G is for grown-up, R for restrictive, A for appearance, S for straightforward and P for
There is an African saying that displays the thought of how a parent and teacher must act and communicate in
harmony to lead a child: ―A bundle of sticks shall not break.‖ I have a blog at graspeducation .blogspot.com to
share all dialogues with all adults with an interest in each child achieving success at school.
James Ingram

Democratic dalliances
It was interesting to read a June 20 letter that discussed the sexual wanderings of three politicians, all
It seemed strange to me that some very well known Democrats were omitted from the writer‘s list, such as
former President John F. Kennedy, former President Bill Clinton and former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer.
Clyde Houghton
Lake Quivira

End animal abuse

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First of all I would like to commend Sheryl Granville on submitting her June 20 letter. She is obviously a
wonderful and compassionate person whom I admire for exposing a despicable act of animal abuse committed
on a kitten.
As an animal lover and daughter of a veterinarian, I was not only sickened and devastated but also enraged. The
sad thing is that the person who harmed the kitten is so ignorant that he or she probably does not even read the
So please, anyone who has information, please step forward and also be an advocate for all those little animals
who have been abused and tortured.

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Rule could curb voter fraud
11:00 PM, Jun. 29, 2011 |
Springfield News-Leader
Being a seasoned citizen, I find it no problem being required to show a photo ID to vote or transact any other
type of business. I have to show a photo ID at my own bank to receive cash.
Since Gov. Nixon supported the early voting provision, I felt it was a dunce move for him to veto the voter ID bill
that it was with.
I would require voters to prove their identify to cast a ballot -- a big duh to prevent voter fraud. I would hope a
less partisan general assembly will override the veto.

M.K. Galbraith

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Monday, June 27 — No update

Tuesday, June 28 — Jefferson City — The new county jail is offering a grand-opening special: $30 for a
one-night stay with dinner, breakfast and your own private cell. Every guest will get a free booking photo
and a complimentary "Cole County Jail" T-shirt. Ribbon cutting will be July 15, and adults can book their
one-night stay for July 15 or 16.

Wednesday, June 29 — No update

Thursday, June 30 — No update

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